Thanks to the summer deal that CCP Games had, I signed up for one month of EVE Online. I haven't played in a long time and once again I'm determined to make millions of ISKs per day and not just from missions. I have the planets still setup and producing lots of resources, easily worth 10s of millions. I've also got some good blueprint originals that I'm researching.
Researching a blueprint's ME (Material Efficiency) and PE/TE (Production Efficiency or Time Efficiency) to improve it can mean the difference between a profitable and unprofitable item. Instead of manufacturing everything myself which can require a lot of material, I've decided to research the ME and PE of some blueprints and then produce BPCs (Blue Print Copies) which can be sold to others for a limited run of production. BPCs are worthwhile because they have the same ME and PE as the original blueprint that you have been researching.
EVE is a game where you really see the necessity of specialization. You can't train all skills and you can't create and manage a whole production and supply chain yourself. I've learned this lesson the hard way which is why I'm only focusing on improving blueprints and selling them so that others can spend the time gather the materials to actually do the production runs.
After ragequitting when I lost my Drake, it was time to regroup and explore a less combat-oriented role in EVE. After completing a mission, you're likely to have some loot sitting around in your hanger. Instead of selling it directly, you can reprocess it into the base minerals used to create it. (You can also buy items on the market and turn them into more profitable minerals.) If you're more interested in salvaging rather than reprocessing I wrote about that earlier: Salvaging.
Making a Profit
So today we did our first mission op. It went well, took an hour or so for everyone to arrive and get ready for it and there was a bit of a lull later on but overall, good stuff. The lull was caused by a bad mission being accepted. It was a courier type mission and we were looking for more action against level 4 battlecruisers and the like. Fortunately, the next mission run was exactly that and we all regained some momentum and completed the mission as quick as possible.
It looks like I'm in charge of a squad so that means I'll be making sure everyone's cool with the tactics we're using, that morale is up, the schedule is good, etc. I'm thinking of getting everyone in the squad to use a frigate and have one or two support ships like battlecruisers or cruisers. Practicing tactics in frigates will help a lot and make them become much better pilots. Learning how to defend and support the bigger ships during an attack is really useful. Especially when everyone can figure out how to call out and engage targets as a squad instead of launching a haphazard kill-everything-in-sight attack which usually brings in way too many rats for us to fight off.
So I joined a new corporation started by some corp members from the last corporation I was in. Seems to be much better organized with some simple milestones set up so I think it will go well. I've figured out finally how I want to play the game. For extra income I'm producing some things on planets and doing manufacturing and then making Jita runs once in a while. Otherwise I'm in the corp's designated missoning and mining systems doing ops with them.
The planet production takes a day to plan out and setup but once it's going all I have to do is check in & make sure there's enough resources and mining to keep things in production. Once a week I have to do a Jita run to sell those items off.
The manufacturing is a bit more tedious since I have to refine whatever we get from missions for minerals or ask for some minerals from our mining ops. It's also tedious because it requires a lot more calculation to figure out which items are profitable. I'm getting used to producing and then placing sell orders
Since CCP has updated the wiki to include more lore, I've been thinking about buying some of the EVE Online novels and maybe helping out by editing or at least reading through the wiki. I'm sure the universe has a nice back story but many players ignore it in favour of pew-pew, mining, etc. The personal histories of players and characters are hardly explored and there's hardly any culture.
I'll take a look into more lore and buying a novel after I finish reading Ender's Game, heh.
Finally trained up for a mining barge. It took a few days to train but now I can rake in the cash from mining. I bought a Retriever with two Strip Miner I's, a survey scanner, two cargo hold expanders, and three medium-sized rigs for cargo hold optimization. This cost about 17 million isks but the mining yield is around 1600m3 every 3 minutes. Going to be making a lot of cash now.
The more important thing is that you can refine the ore and use the minerals to manufacture your own equipment which saves some money.
The hardest part is coordinating mining operations because with a yield like that you need an Orca....or you can use an iteron and make several hauling trips.
One of the ways to make mining profitable is to partner up. One person flies around in a heavy-duty mining ship and dumps everything into a secure cargo container or a jet can, while the other person flies around in a hauler and once every few minutes picks up whatever has been mined. Haul to the nearest station and then trade to one or the other and refine or sell the ore outright.
I did this with a friend yesterday and within an hour we made over 30 million ISKs. It wasn't too difficult and gave us enough time to read/study/screw around on the internet :P
Playing EVE online with a friend is more fun and way more profitable, whether you're mining/hauling or doing missions together.
So running a corporation is a lot of hard work that I just don't have the time for. I started a full-time job in February and it's difficult to choose playing a lot of EVE over taking a nap. That makes me a sleepy CEO :P so I quit the corp and found another one to join with a few friends. We've been doing level 3 and level 4 missions and there has been a lot of cash coming in just from the bounties. Not to mention that we have dedicated salvagers and miners as alt accounts and we can easily make 20mil per mission.
I tried to do an Incursion with my friend and we got wiped out in under 10 seconds. We lost our most expensive ships, and I lost my Myrmidon. I think I've spent 70-80 million ISKs replacing it. I forgot how pricey T2 drones are, I haven't had to replace them in a long time, they're just so heavy with with armor!
Today we're going to do some more missioning and mining and I'm going to get to Stacmon and sell whatever resources my planet operations are producing. That would be Oxygen and Mechanical Parts and both of those sell for a lot of money. Oxygen is being bought at around 175 ISK and I have over 16,000 units of it. That's over 2 million ISKs, I just have to launch it from the planet, grab it and then haul it to a station and sell it.
I've been busy with work and haven't had too much time for EVE. I've been taking quite a few EVE vacations ;)
The 5 Year Plan corporation is doing okay and we're looking for some more recruits who are interested in mining and missioning. We're building up an alliance with other smaller corps. It's informal at the moment.
I still haven't lost my Myrmidon though I've been close. Warping out as soon as the hull reaches 50% was very exciting and very expensive to repair. It costs a few million ISKs to repair the ship. With a hull and armor repairer you can save a lot of money. My friend lost his ship though and he was so demoralized that he took a 30min break from EVE! We figured out what he could do until he bought his ship again...make a fitting for armor/hull repairing. The ship is basically designed to support other ships in a fleet and repair their damage. It has remote hull and remote armor repairers, armor repair drones, and cap boosters (repairing uses a lot of energy). It repaired my Myrmidon's armor from 0% to 100% within 2 minutes. With some drones and improved skills, it can do that even faster.
We've been doing some level 2 and 3 missions and I'm thinking of organizing a big mining op for Friday or Saturday. We might do a mission run just to get everyone's standings up with certain corporations though. I'm also hunting for an Incursion to do, I've been wanting to do one for a while now but we need a bigger fleet. Should probably get more of the epic mission arc done too.